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Allied Health Partakes in World AIDS Day

Submitted by on November 24, 2009 – 12:51 pmNo Comment

Join the Allied Health faculty and students in the Health Science and Education Center on World AIDS Day, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., to help raise AIDS awareness.

During the event, faculty and students will pass out 600 red AIDS awareness ribbons. Information on the AIDS Memorial Quilt Project will also be available along with interactive and informative games about AIDS provided by AVERT, an international HIV and AIDS charity.

“As teachers and future professionals in the health care field, everyone involved in the Allied Health programs feels a need to be at the forefront of education and awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” said Angela Chaffin-Miller, staff assistant, Allied Health. “An event such as this one is important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that young people are changing their behaviors in ways that reflect the prevention messages they’re being taught.”

Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. The quilt serves as a visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 44,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels have been sewn together by friends, lovers, and family members commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS, according to www.aidsquilt.org.

For more information, contact Chaffin-Miller at ext. 7027.

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